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The band go all acoustic-y and totally pull it off
First they took their piledriving live favourite ‘Juggernauts’ and stripped away the steel-enforced riff and halcyon covered keyboard refrain, replacing it with just an acoustic guitar and some gentle bongos. As well as somehow sounding angrier, it’s surprisingly beautiful, in a sort of campfire at 5am in a field kind of way. And then we have the real curveball, the cover of chart behemoth Carly Rae Jepsen’s recent Justin Bieber-approved earworm ‘Call Me Maybe’.
While it’s bizarre to see Rou Reynolds cooing rather than lecturing us about the downfall of humanity, him and the boys do a surprisingly good take on the monster hit. Playing it dead straight and keeping the giggles back, the softer tracks on ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ have clearly got the noiseniks’ harmonies nicely in tune. Saying all that, they’re unlikely to bring it out during their string of festival sets, so you best make the most of the video below...
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